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In contemporary history, the third millennium is a period of time that began on January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 3000 of the Gregorian calendar. It is the third and current period of one thousand years in the Anno Domini or Common Era.[1][2]


Most events will in the future as millennium has only just started. The events in this section are organized according to the UN geoscheme.

Events of the 3rd millennium
  Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania
21st century 2001 African Union established
2003–2009 War in Darfur
2010 Arab Spring[3]
2011–present Libyan Crisis
1964–present Colombian conflict
2001 September 11 attacks[4]
2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt
2006–present Mexican Drug War
2003–2011 Iraq War
2011 Tōkohu earthquake and tsunami
2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
2011–present Syrian Civil War
2004–2013 Enlargement of the European Union
2008 Russo-Georgian War
2014 Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation
2015–present European migrant crisis
2013 Tasmanian Bushfires[5]

Predicted events

As this millennium is currently in progress, its first two decades of 21st century (the past 2000s and the current 2010s), are the subject of the historian's attention. The remaining part of the 21st century (2020s to 2090s) and longer-term trends (22nd to 30th century) are researched in futures studies. Here are some possible events that will happen in those particular years:


  1. "When and where did the new Millennium officially start, and why?". Royal Observatory Greenwich
  2. Associated Press (2001-01-01). "Y2K It Wasn't, but It Was a Party". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2015-10-15.
  3. The Arab Spring—One Year Later: The CenSEI Report analyzes how 2011's clamor for democratic reform met 2012's need to sustain its momentum. The CenSEI Report, 13 February 2012
  4. "How much did the September 11 terrorist attack cost America?". 2004. Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. Retrieved on 2014-04-30.
  5. "Fires rage across Tasmania", Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2013-01-04). Retrieved on 2015-10-25. 
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